The Delhi Development Authority (DDA) should build two lakh houses every year to meet the Capital’s growing housing needs, feels Union urban development minister Kamal Nath.
He said this while inaugurating a sample block of flats constructed by the DDA in Sector 23, Dwarka, for people belonging to the economically weaker section (EWS) on Monday.
“Urbanisation is a challenge in Delhi. In the next 10 years, 50 lakh more people will come to the city, we have to absorb the population,” he said.
The civic body has constructed the sample flats using prefab technology, which helps in faster and more environment-friendly construction of houses.
The civic agency plans to build around one lakh EWS flats every year.
Nath said by using prefab technology, in which standardised building material is prepared at a casting yard and then brought to the site, the DDA can build up to two lakh houses every year.
DDA vice-chairperson GS Patnaik said under the EWS housing scheme, 11,060 houses in Rohini, 6,580 in Narela and 2,400 in Dwarka have been taken up with prefab technology.
Nath said the DDA, too, has to change to meet the challenge of urbanisation.
“The DDA should not think like a thekedaar (contractor). Delhi has changed and they should also evolve with time,” he said.
The minister said the master plans for Delhi should be made keeping the future in mind.
“We make master plans to correct our follies that have been committed in the past. The plan should be made for future,” he said.
“We do not include people in the planning process,” said Kumari Selja, Union minister of housing and urban poverty alleviation, who was also present at the inauguration ceremony.
“Inclusive growth needs inclusive planning and we have failed in doing that,” she added.
Nath said the freight complex being planned in Dwarka was unnecessary as it would make life difficult for people by adding to the traffic woes in the area.
He said some changes have to be made in the master plan so that the complex was made outside Dwarka. He also emphasised that the 24-km-long peripheral road being planned near Najafgarh should be built soon.